The Vein Center Offers the Following Treatment Options:
ENDOVENOUS LASER TREATMENT (EVLT)
A minimally invasive outpatient office procedure that uses laser-generated heat to close damaged or diseased veins which are causing pain, swelling, throbbing, skin thickening, achiness, blood clots, and/or skin ulcers. EVLT has replaced the old fashioned vein ligation and stripping that normally required hospitalization, general anesthesia and multiple skin incisions. Covered by most insurance plans, the laser treatment itself normally takes just 3 to 4 minutes, but the whole procedure which includes sterile preparation of the site and application of compression dressings may take 45-60 minutes. This procedure has been successfully performed since 2002 with a long-term success rate of greater than 95%.
Patients may engage in moderate physical activities immediately after the procedure and may resume normal work activities the following day. Walking is ecouraged. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medication is usually all that is needed to assist with a patient’s recovery from EVLT.
The term “phlebectomy” means removal of veins. Varicose veins are removed through several small skin incisions after local anesthesia is injected. Tiny incisions are made by either a small needle or puncturing instrument. The varicose vein is painlessly and gently removed through the small incision using specifically designed hooks. While several veins are typically removed during each session, it is possible a patient may require more than one session to eradicate all of their varicosities. After the procedure, these tiny punctures sites may be closed using a narrow strip of sterile surgical tape ("steri strips"). Because the vein is removed, results are immediate and the liklihood of recurrence is minimal.
Walking is encouraged after the procedure and most patients can return to work within 24 to 48 hours. Some pain medication may be necessary to aid in the recovery, but most need just an over-the-counter pain reliever. The treated leg will be covered with a clean and dry compression leg dressing for about a week. Patients should avoid air travel for at least one week following this procedure.
An FDA-approved solution is injected into the diseased vein(s) using very fine needles. The solution or "foam" solution causes irritation of the inner lining of the veins which makes the opposing walls of the vein stick together and collapse. After several days, the vein begins to shrivel and a few weeks afterwards, it will be safely absorbed into the body tissue.
Sclerotherapy is an ideal treatment for spider veins, reticular veins, small tortuous varicose veins and also malfunctioning perforating veins. A topical, local anesthesia can be applied to the injection site prior to the start of the procedure so patients do not typically report pain during or after the injections. There may be very mild stinging, burning or itching that immediately subsides upon ambulation and prior to leaving the office. Minor bruising usually disappears in 12 to 14 days. Multiple treatment sessions may be required to completely eliminate the spider veins. Each session lasts approximately 20-30 minutes.
All procedures are performed in the office with local or topical anesthesia. Intravenous sedation is available in special cases. Please do not hesistate to contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for trusting us to care for your legs.
To see before and after pictures of patients who have had vein procedures, click here.